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Bridging the Digital Divide In Uganda, By Freight

April 24th, 2010 04:15 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

jtrust27 writes “Slow or non-existent internet connections have meant that the people of Uganda for the last three decades have not been able to harness the many advantages of the online economy. This social and economic exclusion of the poorest of the poor was further accentuated by the impossibility for a Ugandan to obtain a credit card or make PayPal payments — a simple requirement to be able to pay for goods and services online. Most merchants and payment gateway providers automatically block all credit cards from Africa and it is not possible to get a verified PayPal account in many African nations.”

Now, a Ugandan company called EasyPayUganda is helping people sidestep these restrictions, by allowing customers to make online payments by proxy in order to pay for services and goods. EasyPayUganda is also providing a logistics solution, forwarding customers shipments to Uganda, as most online merchants will not ship to Africa.

Source: Bridging the Digital Divide In Uganda, By Freight

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